Tubalr – cool & innovative new music app that generates random playlists based on your tastes
May 30, 2013 10:19 AM –
Tubalr is a cool and innovative new music app that generates random playlists based on your tastes. It can even harnesses the power and musical tastes of Reddit to configure playlists based on Subreddit content. It’s ridiculously easy to use too, just select a genre and let the app do the rest, leaving you to sit back and enjoy random tracks from your favourite artists. It is a very new app and not without its bugs, but for cool sounds, it’s definitely worth a try.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Huge resource of playable music!
- Nice user interface!
- Easy to use!
- Often quite slow to generate playlists or add to personal playlists.
- Have to manually stop the app, lacks controls.
If the quest for good music is a passion of yours, this app will be something you might want to try. Tubalr is a music app that generates playlists based on a huge number of genres. When I say huge, I mean HUGE! You can access more than 400 different music types either in the app or via the website. Additionally, you can access music from Reddit- the app scours all manner of subreddits looking for music you might like.
As soon as you select a playlist the music starts playing, letting you view upcoming tracks which are listed below. You can skip forward, pause or skip back with ease and you have the option to add favourite songs to your own playlists (signup required).
It’s a fun app and has a lot of potential, but it does suffer from a number of irritating bugs that need to remedied soon if the app/service is to become popular. Firstly, my advice would be to sign up to the service on the website; trying to do so in-app didn’t work. Sometimes playlists take quite a while to load which, when you can usually just press play and expect things to work, can be frustrating.
The most frustrating, however, is the lack of controls. Once the music starts, it’s not always easy to make it stop! There is a notification bar controller but this doesn’t always respond well. Additionally, closing the app is next to impossible without forcibly shutting it down. There’s no exit button to be found anywhere.
The thing is, as annoying as these little usability issues are, I can genuinely see a great deal of potential in this app, certainly enough to even rival the likes of Pandora. If such bugs are ironed out, perhaps a widget added and a more responsive interface tweaked, it really could be the next big thing as far as music apps is concerned. Definitely check it out, but expect a few teething problems in an app that really should have ‘beta’ slapped all over it.
Tubalr – In-play screen
Tubalr – Scrollable list at the bottom
Tubalr – Menu
Tubalr – Signing in can also take time
Tubalr – Sadly, it can take a while
Tubalr – Those genres
Tubalr – Subreddits
Tubalr – Notification
For listening to fresh new music, Tubalr is great. You can select genres based on your mood at any given time and discover a whole host of new artists and tracks. I’d love to see a widget of some kind as this would improve access.
Ease of Use:
On the face of it, Tubalr should be very easy to use. Theoretically it is, but due to the lag, loading of unresponsive elements to using the app, it can be tricky to get it to do what you want it to.
This will depend a great deal on the user. It certainly puts enough content at your finger tips than you will ever have time to listen to.
The interface is nicely designed, Holo-esque and slick-looking. Once the app starts to behave correctly, I’m sure it will be fine.
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